March 1, 2013
About the Game
- Georgia concludes its home schedule with a 2-game homestand that begins Saturday against Tennessee. These two teams first met on Feb. 6 in Knoxville. Georgia posted its second win at Tennessee in the past three tries, taking a 68-62 decision. The victory was the Bulldogs' fourth amidst their 5-game win streak earlier this season, as well as their third consecutive win on the road.
- Tennessee leads the series 92-55. Georgia won last year's meeting in Athens 57-53 in overtime. This season the Bulldogs will be aiming for the program's first regular-season sweep over the Vols since the 2001 season.
- The Bulldogs arrive at this game with a 13-15 overall record, 7-8 in SEC play. Most recently, they dropped a 63-62 outcome Wednesday night at Vanderbilt. Georgia led by as many as 17 points in the first half, by 12 at intermission and by double digits as late as the 11-minute mark of the second half. It marked the third straight road game in which the Bulldogs led in the final minute of regulation, only to fall short.
- Leading the way throughout this season has been sophomore Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The Greenville, Ga., native enters this game averaging 17.7 points per game, which ranks second in the SEC. In fact, he ranks among the SEC leaders in nine of the 13 categories for which individual stats are compiled. KCP comes off a 20-point, 14-rebound effort at Vanderbilt on Wednesday, a game in which he tallied his fifth double-double of this season in less than 15 minutes.
- A special feature of today's halftime will be the recognition of Georgia's first All-American in basketball, Anthony Joseph "Zippy" Morocco, who earned the honor in 1953. Sixty years and five days ago, Morocco set the SEC's single-season scoring record while racking up 38 points in an 87-86 win at Tennessee.
|F||31||Brandon Morris||6-7||205||Fr.||Lithonia, Ga.||4.1||2.3|
|F||15||Donte' Williams||6-8||230||Jr.||Ellenwood, Ga.||5.4||4.9|
|F/C||32||John Florveus||6-11||240||Sr.||Miami, Fla.||2.6||3.2|
|G||11||Vincent Williams||6-0||165||Sr.||Homestead, Fla.||5.0||2.3#|
|G||1||Kentavious Caldwell-Pope||6-5||205||So.||Greenville, Ga.||17.7||6.9|
#Assists Per Game
|F||5||Jarnell Stokes||6-8||270||So.||Memphis, Tenn.||12.6||9.2|
|G||11||Trae Golden||6-2||205||Jr.||Powder Springs, Ga.||12.1||4.0a|
|G||52||Jordan McRae||6-5||178||Jr.||Midway, Ga.||15.3||3.9|
|G||1||Josh Richardson||6-6||188||So.||Edmond, Okla.||7.6||4.4|
|G||4||Armani Moore||6-5||203||Fr.||Kennesaw, Ga.||2.3||2.6|
Head Coach: Cuonzo Martin
Record at Tennessee / Years: 36-25 / 2nd season
Overall Record / Years: 97-66 / 5th season
Assistant Coaches: Tracy Webster (Assoc. HC), Jon Harris, Kent Williams
Georgia vs. Tennessee
Games in Athens: UGA leads 35-33
Games in Knoxville: UT leads 55-15
Neutral-Court Games: UGA leads 5-4
- Right now, Georgia has just one player (KCP at 17.7 ppg) averaging in double-digit scoring. Not only is it the sole SEC school with such a distinction, but that also makes it the only Bulldog team of the past 50 years with just a single double-figure scorer.
- Georgia has used 12 different starting lineups this season. The one constant through all 12 lineups is, of course, has been Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Five other teammates (both Williamses, Morris, Florveus and Djurisic) now have double-digit starts.
- KCP is on pace to reach 1,000 career points by season's end. If he gets there, he'll be the 42nd player in UGA history to reach that milestone, but he'll be the first since Jarvis Hayes (2002-03) to reach it in just two seasons. By comparison, Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins reached 1,000 points in his 46th game at UGA, which came near the end of his sophomore season. Wilkins played in just 16 games as a freshman because of a foot injury. Jacky Dorsey, 2-time All-SEC forward in 1975-76, is the fastest Georgia player ever to 1,000 points, reaching the mark in the 43rd game of his career.
- One more interesting tidbit about Caldwell-Pope. He remains one of just 11 players in all of NCAA Division I that have scored in double figures in each of their team's games. He's the only SEC player to accomplish this feat and one of just five from the "BCS" leagues to do so.
- OK...a couple more items about KCP. He began this week ranking 56th nationally in scoring at 17.7 ppg, 77th nationally in 3-pointers per game at 2.44, and 30th nationally in steals at 2.15/game.
- With three regular-season games yet to go, Caldwell-Pope already has the 7th-highest scoring season by a sophomore in UGA history with 496 points. He also has the 10th-highest rebounding season by a UGA sophomore (192 rebs.) and is the only guard on that list.
- Nemi Djurisic was the fifth-leading scorer on last season's Georgia team at 7.0 points per game. This year he's raised his average to 7.8 per game but is now the No. 2 scorer on the current squad.
- A key for Georgia's success this season: Defense. Georgia is 10-1 when allowing less than 59 points. Georgia ranks fourth in the league in defensive rebounding (24.8/.699), and ranks second in the league field goal percentage defense (.390)
- Some revealing observations from Georgia's recent 5- game win streak:
> Its starters were outscored 204-170 (avg. 41-34). The Georgia bench, however, outscored the opposing reserves 133-61 (avg. 27-12).
> In those five wins, Georgia shot 46 percent from the field, 42 percent from 3-point range. Caldwell-Pope led this surge, with shooting percentages of 63 and 50 percent, respectively.
> In the last 5 minutes of these five games, Georgia shot 70 percent from the field, 75 percent from the line, 75 percent from 3-point and outrebounded the opposition 23-16.
- Georgia's recent 5-game win streak was the longest in SEC play under coach Mark Fox. The longest win streak, period, of the Fox era is a 9-game run in the 2010-11 season. The school record for consecutive SEC wins is six, established three times: in 2001, 1992-93 teams (spanning both seasons) and also the SEC championship team of 1990. The last time for a 7-game league win streak occurred in the 1930-31 season, when the Bulldogs belonged to the Southern Conference.
- Through the 15-game SEC schedule, Georgia has outscored its opposition by the slimmest of margins in the last 5 minutes: 11.7 to 11.5. The standout performance of Caldwell-Pope becomes even more pronounced in this final 5-minute stretch. He has scored nearly half of his team's 176 total points (75) -- almost three times as many as any teammate -- in the last 5 minutes, and he's shooting 63 percent from the field, 60 percent from 3-point range and 82 percent from the line. KCP has amassed over one-fourth (28 percent, to be exact) of his total scoring output in SEC games during the last 5 minutes.
KCP One of UGA's Best Ever
Sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope returns as one of the SEC's top players. Among his freshman-year highlights included:
- He earned Freshman All-SEC honors in his first season of 2012.
- KCP ranked second among all Bulldogs in scoring and led them in rebounding, minutes and steals.
- His 422 points were the fifth-highest total by a UGA freshman in school history. Just as important, his 166 rebounds (5.2/game) were the tenth-best total by a UGA rookie and the most ever by a guard.
- Caldwell-Pope last year was also Georgia's leader in 3-point shots made (65) and taken (214).
- KCP is the fourth-leading returning scorer in the SEC, behind Boynton (Fla.), Young (Ark.) and Golden (Tenn.).
- He is also the league's fifth-leading returning rebounder and its only guard among the group.
- He ranks second among all returning SEC players in minutes per game (32.1), behind only LSU guard Andre Stringer (32.2 mpg).
- True to form, Caldwell-Pope is the Bulldogs' only player thus far to average over 30 minutes per contest this season. He currently ranks 2nd in the SEC in minutes at 33.7 per game. Georgia's next most active player is Nemanja Djurisic at 23.5 minutes per game.
Fox Best at Molding Talent
Blogger and hoops junkie Dan Hanner of RealGM.com penned an article in February of 2012 that anointed Georgia head coach Mark Fox as the top coach in college basketball at player development. In a blog entry, Hanner used a complex formula to rate college coaches. Among Hanner's many observations he writes, "Mark Fox has truly been fantastic at getting the most out of his players."
The top five in the Player Development category include Fox; Bo Ryan (Wisconsin); Craig Robinson (Oregon State); Lorenzo Romar (Washington); and Mike Montgomery (Cal).
Fox Also Tops at Producing Grads
Head Coach Mark Fox must also receive some degree of credit for developing high-performing students in the classroom. Since his arrival in April of 2009, no fewer than 12 Georgia basketball players have earned their undergraduate degrees, including all four seniors from 2012. Every player that has exhausted his eligibility at UGA under Fox has completed his degree.
Prominent among this group of 12 includes Damien Wilkins - nephew of UGA great Dominique Wilkins - whose last year of eligibility came in 2004 and who has played professionally in the NBA ever since.
Frazier, Parker Sign with Dogs in Early Signing Period
The early national signing period began Wednesday, Nov. 13 and Georgia got signatures from a pair of high school seniors:
J.J. Frazier, Guard, 5-9, 160, Glennville, Ga. (Faith Baptist Christian Academy - Ludowici, Ga.)...Frazier is regarded as the top point guard of his class in the state of Georgia...he averaged 26.2 points, 4.9 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 3.1 steals as a junior at Faith Baptist Christian, which won 33 games last season...played AAU basketball for the South Georgia Kings program from Hinesville, Ga.
Juwan Parker, Guard, 6-4, 190, Tulsa, Okla. (Booker T. Washington HS)...Averaged 20.5 points and 9.4 rebounds as a junior at Washington, which won Oklahoma 5A state championships in his freshman and sophomore seasons...Rated the nation's No. 30 shooting guard prospect by Scout.com, No. 39 by Rivals.com. Named the 2011 Player of the Year in his home state by the Tulsa World...Two-time Tulsa World All-State pick, and also twice a "Super 5" selection by The Oklahoman newspaper...Older brother Jason Parker played at Tulsa and was coached by current UGA assistant Kwanza Johnson.
Thornton Out Indefinitely
Junior forward Marcus Thornton will be out indefinitely after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Dec. 26. The native Atlantan has been plagued by injuries to both knees throughout his career in Athens. He missed five games last season because of knee surgery in December, and he underwent another surgery on his right knee immediately after the 2012 season ended, a process that kept him out of most off-season workouts.
"SEC Storied" Series Spotlights 2008 SEC Tourney In Next Episode
Premiering this Sunday, the latest episode of ESPN's "SEC Storied" series will focus on the 2008 SEC Basketball Tournament. Georgia captured the `08 championship by winning four consecutive games, including two overtime contests and two on Saturday. A category F2 tornado struck the Georgia Dome during 2nd-round play, causing the postponement of the Bulldogs' game vs. Kentucky and the moving of the tournament's remainder to the on-campus arena at Georgia Tech.